Highest Number Of Female Councillors Elected In Clare In 30 Years

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Clare County Council has seen it’s highest number of female councillors elected in nearly 30 years.

For the first time, a woman topped the poll in the Ennis electoral area with Fine Gael’s Mary Howard, while the Green party now has it’s first ever female councillor.


Election 2019 has been a historic one, for many reasons, including the increased female representation on Clare County Council.

For the first time ever, a female candidate – FG’s Mary Howard – topped the poll in the Ennis Electoral Area

She’s one of three sitting councillors who retained their seats in the Ennis Municipal District.

Current Mayor of Ennis, Fianna Fáil’s Clare Colleran Molloy broke a hoodoo in being returned

While Independent Ann Norton also retained her seat.

In the Ennistymon area, Inagh’s Roisín Garvey is the Green Party’s first female Councillor in Clare.

She believes she’s been successful on several fronts.

It’s the first time since 1991 that there has been four female councillors on Clare County Council.

Former Mayor of Clare, Shannon’s Patricia McCarthy, was one of those – she has this advice for Róisín and the other newly-elected Councillors.